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Sailing in Mauritius
Sailing in Mauritius
The resort pool


Thursday, October 7, 2004

BJ sets sail on the Indian Ocean chasing the Mauritius sun on a true pirate adventure.

The volcanic island of Mauritius is about 10 million years old, with a central plateau reaching 800 metres in altitude, its highest peak being Le Piton de la Riviera Noire. Its 321.5 km coastline is almost entirely surrounded by one of the world’s largest unbroken coral reefs.

Mauritius is a little Indian Ocean gem with a wonderful blend of cultures and cuisines, including Creole, Chinese, Indian and European. Holidaymakers can relax and unwind in the tropical splendour or get involved in a bounty of activities.

Mahebourg, on the south-east coast of Mauritius, has a proud history. It is here that the first colonisers set foot on the island several centuries ago and it is the perfect representation of a typical Mauritian village. Its fauna and flora are well represented in I’le aux Aigrettes bird sanctuary. Fishermen come here every day with their catch. Shops and street peddlers have all sorts of spices and delicacies. Monday is market day, when you can find a great variety of local crafts and textiles.

Le Preskîl Beach Resort is set on a private peninsula, just 15 minutes from the international airport. It has wonderful views of the east coast mountain range and a lagoon that leads to the Blue Bay Marine Park. The architecture is typically Creole, highlighted with bright and warm colours. Exceptional woodwork reflects the original houses of the first colonisers.

The whole resort is single storey and spread across the 3.5 hectare peninsula. Choose from 200 colourful rooms — standard, superior or deluxe — in a range of styles, including exotic Zananas, duo rooms for honeymooners and cottages and penthouses with a colonial touch.

All rooms lead onto a balcony or terrace with air conditioning, television, telephone, Internet connection and mini bar.

The resort has two restaurants and a bar, all overlooking the sea. The Main restaurant serves full buffet breakfast and the dinner buffet, or table d’hôte, has a tempting array of Mauritian and European cuisine. Light lunch is served at the Beach Grill and at L’Indigo, guests can enjoy an exotic cocktail or light meal.

Free activities include water-skiing, windsurfing, glass bottom boating, canoeing, bocce, beach volleyball, table tennis, swimming in two pools, an open air jacuzzi and electronic games for the kids. Deep sea fishing, catamaran and speedboat cruises to L’île aux Cerfs, cruises in a local sailing boat and a morning with a fisherman are also available.

The resort has a PADI and CMAS diving accreditation where fully trained diving instructors offer a wide range of diving options for you to explore the natural underwater beauty and marine life.

What better way to get the most out of the sun and the ocean waters than to treat yourself to a visit to Le Preskil’s wellness centre. A team of professionals introduce the pleasures of body care and massages in six massage rooms, one duo massage room, wet massage, Japanese bath and a fitness gym.

The Kid’s Club welcomes children from four to 12 years of age and the children’s hostess supervises all activities in a fun and recreational atmosphere. A special menu is available for children, served between 6-7pm at the restaurant.

Blue Bay Marine Park is one of the island’s finest bathing spots. Not far from Mahebourg, Blue Bay is enclosed by coral reefs which protect it from waves. A narrow channel connects the bay to the open sea. Its centre holds ancient coral beds so diverse that the site is of international importance. Eighty percent of the corals are alive and researchers have identified 50 species, some rare.

The Pirate Cruise is an unforgettable adventure. You board the 10 metre wooden sailing boat La Caroline, a replica of a pirate boat, and sail to the Grand Riviera, passing Ile Aux Cerfs and Ilot Mangenie. Delicious seafood and drinks are served and snorkelling equipment is carried on board.

Mauritius: It is recommended travellers to Mauritius see their doctor at least six weeks before departure. Travellers should be up-to-date with vaccinations listed on the Australian Immunisation Schedule, including hepatitis A and B and tetanus. Travellers may also be at risk of malaria, depending on the time of year and exact destination. Preventative health measures are best discussed with your doctor. For further information speak to your GP or e-mail the Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad at


The south-east coast of Mauritius.


Air Mauritius flies weekly to Mauritius from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. They offer six-night packages, including return economy airfares, transfers in Mauritius, twin-share accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily, taxes, water sports and Kid's Club access, starting at $2039 from Perth, $2529 from Melbourne and $2549 from Sydney, per person.
Pirate Cruise including transfers from your hotel, lunch and all drinks costs $144 for adults and $89 for children aged three to 12 years. Cruises are for a full day. Book through Air Mauritius Holidays.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Air Mauritius Holidays: Ph: 1300 362 166

Le Preskîl Beach Resort
Pointe Jérôme Mahebourglle Maurice
Ph: 230 604 1000 Fax: 230 631 9603

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